By: Chris Dommermuth
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been placed on the 15-day dl with a left hamstring pull that he’s been dealing with for about the last week or so. Kemp previously had a major league high 399 consecutive games played streak that ended Monday.
Kemp originally hurt the hamstring while running the bases on May 5th in Chicago, and played through the pain, but re-aggravated it on Sunday while running out a grounder. An MRI taken on Monday confirmed the strain.
“We just feel it’s the right thing to do. We’ve got to get this thing healthy and healed up.”-Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Kemp seems optimistic in being healthy enough to play once his 15-days are up. Hamstring injuries do tend to linger, but with Kemp’s desire to play everyday, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be out any longer.
“The team needs me. I don’t think this is a 15-day thing; I think this is maybe one, two, three days.” -Matt Kemp
After being arguably the best hitter in baseball during the month of April while slugging .417 with 12 home runs and 25 RBI’s, he has gone cold in May with no home runs and a .212 batting average.
I don’t believe the injury is effecting him as much as the stats have shown. Player go through hot and cold streaks throughout the season. I think Kemp has just experienced dip in production because of a streak. Kemp isn’t making any excuses.
“I haven’t been able to run the way I wanted to run and do some of the things I wanted to do, but definitely no excuses,” Kemp said.